This was a perfect way to really get up close and personal with the vineyards and villages of the area.
We were 2 people and the pace was great with Jean-Michelle as our guide. We saw a bigger winery and a smaller village one so great to have the comparison.
Lunch was fabulous in a lovely village Puligny-Montrachet. It was so nice we went back the next day and had a leisurely two hour lunch fulll menu.
So glad we did this trip
This is the absolute best way to experience Burgundy! Our guide, Guillaume, was very knowledgeable and shared lots of interesting facts about the local area, viticulture, and the wine-making process during the ride. The most interesting and eye-opening part of the trip for me was comparing wines from the towns we had just ridden through - the difference in taste from grapes grown just a few kilometers apart was astounding and really helped explain the importance of terroir to Burgundy wine. The route we took was on quiet country roads and bike paths, and passed through gorgeous villages like Orches, La Rochepot, and Meursault where we were able to stop and take lots of photos. My husband and I both agreed that this just wouldn't have been the same experience if we had driven. We're already planning to come back next fall to ride through the vineyards when they change color!
We met up with Guillaume outside the tourist information centre in Beaune and after meeting the other six people on the tour which accommodates a maximum of eight people we headed out of town to begin our tour through the small villages of the Beaune Valley.
Thirty kilometres later, a delicious lunch, three wine tastings, memories of beautiful villages and verdant vineyards and a lot of expert information from our guide Guillaume, we arrived back in Beaune well satisfied and contented.
The bikes were comfortable, in very good condition and Guillaume was well prepared for the two children who were part of the tour with their parents, having appropriately sized bicycles and a trailer should the youngest child become too tired to continue. This proved to be prescient as her father did tow her much of the way and it didnt slow down or inconvenience our group in any way.
Probably the only suggestion would be that another wine tasting earlier in the day would have been good, for example: lunch provided a perfect opportunity for a wine to be matched with a meal on the lunch menu.